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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

oil-can guitars and the double-dutch

Hard to reconcile certain contradictions,when they lurk behind such a rousing work.

I experience this music--and the video-- viscerally. I have a musical analysis  -- especially round the historical township bass lines and vocals-- which collides with my understanding that it was a standard rip-off, but easier to just let the music wash over me.

Evoking township jive I heard in person as a little boy, banged out on home-made oil-can guitars and the like by African troubadours five decades ago on the dusty streets of Standerton, where i spent the first five years of my existence.